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Switching Hard Drive From Old Computer To New One


I want to switch my hard drive from my old computer to my new one. I would rather not reformat it since it has some programs that i no longer have the cd or cd key for and they are rather pricey. I know it is not as simple as plugging it in and it working. The machine is windows xp. I am going from an old amd sempron system to a newer p4 system. Any tips on problems i will have is greatly appreciated.

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Switching Hard Drives Without Having To Reformat

I have a harddrive that was setup in computer a with win xp pro. Works fine. I took the same hd and switched it to computer b with a different motherboard, processor, etc. The computer b just keeps rebooting because-of course- it doesn't recognize the hd settings because win was installed on a different computer. How can i get this hd to work with computer b without having to reformat it and reinstall win to work on computer b?

I want this hd to work just as it was in computer a.


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